Every now and then you can hear something that is so foul, so stomach turning that it almost makes you physically sick. This is what happened when I heard the story of George Stinney, Jr. I don’t remember when I first heard the story, but it was several years ago. Basically, this 14-year-old boy was lynched for talking to two white girls. The young black male had been seen talking to the sisters and sometime later they were both found brutally murdered. Yesterday, a South Carolina judge said that the 1944 convention was wrong and that George Stinney was not given due process.
(Let me just say something about the victims. As far as I can tell, their interests were never served. There appears to have been no attempt to actually find who killed these poor little girls. Instead, this was a horrific event which caused outrage throughout the community and was swept under the rug. The police found somebody whose cries of innocence would fall on deaf ears. This whole case is ridiculously sad.)
From Manning Live:
Circuit Court Judge Carmen T. Mullen vacated Stinney’s conviction Wednesday in an order signed Tuesday granting Stinney family attorneys’ writ of coram nobis, a rare legal doctrine held over from English law that “corrects errors of fact” when no other remedy is available to the applicant.
Two white girls—ages 11 and 8—seen talking to Stinney and his sister at the Stinney property shortly before they were found murdered with severe head wounds. Based on that, he was arrested.
No lawyer during questioning.
No questions from the lawyer who defended him No cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses nor any calling of defense witnesses.
No physical evidence.
Nothing but the word of the police chief who said Stinney had confessed.
The all-white jury found him guilty in 10 minutes after a three-hour trial.